Sustainable Agriculture Sciences Harpenden

TitleSustainable Agriculture Sciences Harpenden
TypeScience Department
InstituteRothamsted Research
HeadSteve McGrath
Executive AssistantSally Murdoch

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Microbial metabolic response to winter warming stabilizes soil carbon

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Tian, J., Zong, N., Harley, I. P., He, N., Zhang, J., Powlson, D. S., Zhou, J., Kuzyakov, Y., Zhang, F., Yu, G. and Dungait, J. A. J. 2021. Microbial metabolic response to winter warming stabilizes soil carbon. Global Change Biology. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.15538

Advances in understanding of nitrogen (N) uptake by plant roots

B - Book chapters etc edited externally
Hawkesford, M. J. and Whalley, W. R. 2021. Advances in understanding of nitrogen (N) uptake by plant roots. in: Gregory, P. (ed.) Understanding and improving crop root function UK Burleigh Dodds.

Estimating maximum fine-fraction organic carbon in UK grasslands

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Paterson, K. C., Cloy, J. M., Rees, R. M., Baggs, E. M., Martinea, H., Fornara, D., Macdonald, A. J. and Buckingham, S. 2021. Estimating maximum fine-fraction organic carbon in UK grasslands. Biogeosciences. 18, pp. 605-620. https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-605-2021

Investigating the effect of inoculation of chickpea with rhizobium and mycorrhizal fungi (Funneliformis mosseae) on soil mechanical and physical behavior

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Heydari, L., Bayat, H. and Gregory, A. S. 2021. Investigating the effect of inoculation of chickpea with rhizobium and mycorrhizal fungi (Funneliformis mosseae) on soil mechanical and physical behavior. Geoderma. 385, p. 114860. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2020.114860

Dynamics of soil phosphorus measured by ammonium lactate extraction as a function of the soil phosphorus balance and soil properties

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Amery, F., Vandecasteele, B., D'Hose, T., Nawara, S., Elsen, A., Odeurs, W., Vandendriessche, H., Arlotti, D., McGrath, S. P., Cougnon, M. and Smolders, E. 2021. Dynamics of soil phosphorus measured by ammonium lactate extraction as a function of the soil phosphorus balance and soil properties. Geoderma. 385, p. 114855. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2020.114855

Defining the wheat microbiome: towards microbiome-facilitated crop production

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Kavamura, V. N., Mendes, R., Bargaz, A. and Mauchline, T. H. 2021. Defining the wheat microbiome: towards microbiome-facilitated crop production. Computational and structural biotechnology journal. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.csbj.2021.01.045

Population responses to observed climate variability across multiple organismal groups

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Le Coeur, C., Storkey, J. and Satu, R. 2021. Population responses to observed climate variability across multiple organismal groups. Oikos. https://doi.org/10.1111/oik.07371

The potential for soybean to diversify the production of plant-based protein in the UK

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Coleman, K., Whitmore, A. P., Hassall, K. L., Shield, I. F., Semenov, M. A., Dobermann, A., Bourhis, Y., Eskandary, A. and Milne, A. E. 2021. The potential for soybean to diversify the production of plant-based protein in the UK. Science of the Total Environment. 767, p. 144903. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.144903

Stability of farm income: The role of agricultural diversity and agri-environment scheme payments

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Harkness, C., Areal, F. J., Semenov, M. A., Senapati, N., Shield, I. F. and Bishop, J. 2021. Stability of farm income: The role of agricultural diversity and agri-environment scheme payments. Agricultural Systems. 187, p. 103009. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agsy.2020.103009

Tillage practices affect weeds differently in monoculture vs crop rotation

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
MacLaren, C., Labuschagne, J. and Swanepoel, P. A. 2021. Tillage practices affect weeds differently in monoculture vs crop rotation. Soil & Tillage Research. 205, p. 104795. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.still.2020.104795

Artificial neural networks for monitoring network optimisation—a practical example using a national insect survey

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Bourhis, Y., Bell, J. R., Van Den Bosch, F. and Milne, A. E. 2021. Artificial neural networks for monitoring network optimisation—a practical example using a national insect survey. Environmental Modelling and Software. 135, p. 104925. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2020.104925

Wheat growth responses to soil mechanical impedance are dependent on phosphorus supply

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Wang, X., Shen, J., Hedden, P., Phillips, A. L., Thomas, S. G., Ge, Y., Ashton, R. W. and Whalley, W. R. 2021. Wheat growth responses to soil mechanical impedance are dependent on phosphorus supply. Soil & Tillage Research. 205, p. 104754. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.still.2020.104754

Predicting the growth of lettuce from soil infrared reflectance spectra: the potential for crop management

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Breure, T. S., Milne, A. E., Webster, R., Haefele, S. M., Hannam, J. A., Moreno-Rojas, S. and Corstanje, R. 2021. Predicting the growth of lettuce from soil infrared reflectance spectra: the potential for crop management. Precision Agriculture. 22, p. 226–248. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11119-020-09739-x

A comparison of soil texture measurements using mid-infrared spectroscopy (MIRS) and laser diffraction analysis (LDA) in diverse soils

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Thomas, C. L., Hernandez, J. M. B., Dunham, S. J., McGrath, S. P. and Haefele, S. M. 2020. A comparison of soil texture measurements using mid-infrared spectroscopy (MIRS) and laser diffraction analysis (LDA) in diverse soils. Scientific Reports. 11, p. 16. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-79618-y

Investigation of the soil properties that affect Olsen P critical values in different soil types and impact on P fertiliser recommendations

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Tandy, S., Hawkins, J. M. B., Dunham, S. J., Hernandez, J. M. B., Granger, S. J., Yuan, H., McGrath, S. P. and Blackwell, M. S. A. 2020. Investigation of the soil properties that affect Olsen P critical values in different soil types and impact on P fertiliser recommendations. European Journal of Soil Science. https://doi.org/10.1111/ejss.13082

Sustainable Cropping Requires Adaptation to a Heterogeneous Rhizosphere

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Wang, X., Whalley, W. R., Miller, A. J., White, P. J., Zhang, F. and Shen, J. 2020. Sustainable Cropping Requires Adaptation to a Heterogeneous Rhizosphere. Trends in Plant Science. 25 (12), pp. 1194-1202. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tplants.2020.07.006

Assessing the evolution of wheat grain traits during the last 166 years using archived samples

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Mariem, S. B., Gamez, A. L., Larraya, L., Fuertes‑Mendizabal, T., Canameras, N., Araus, J. L., McGrath, S. P., Hawkesford, M. J., Muru, C. G., Gaudeul, M., Medina, L., Paton, A., Cattivelli, L., Fangmeier, A., Bunce, J., Tausz‑Posch, S., Macdonald, A. J. and Aranjuelo, I. 2020. Assessing the evolution of wheat grain traits during the last 166 years using archived samples. Scientific Reports. 10 (Article), p. 21828. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-78504-x

Modelling spatio-temporal patterns of soil carbon and greenhouse gas emissions in grazing lands: Current status and prospects

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Wang, J., Li, Y., Bork, E. W., Richter, G. M., Eum, H-I., Chen, C., Shah. S. H. H. and Mezbahiddin, S. 2020. Modelling spatio-temporal patterns of soil carbon and greenhouse gas emissions in grazing lands: Current status and prospects. Science of the Total Environment. 739 (Article), p. 139092. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.139092

Modelling lifestyle changes in Insect endosymbionts, from insect mutualist to plant pathogen

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Manning-Smith, R., Alonso Chavez, V., Helps, J., Shaw, M. W. and Van Den Bosch, F. 2020. Modelling lifestyle changes in Insect endosymbionts, from insect mutualist to plant pathogen. Evolutionary Ecology. 34, p. 867–891. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10682-020-10071-z

Agriculture Green Development in China and the UK: common objectives and converging policy pathways

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Lu, Y., Norse, D. and Powlson, D. S. 2020. Agriculture Green Development in China and the UK: common objectives and converging policy pathways. Frontiers in Agricultural Science and Engineering. 7 (1), pp. 98-105. https://doi.org/10.15302/j-fase-2019298

3D multifractal characterization of computed tomography images of soils under different tillage management: Linking multifractal parameters to physical properties

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Soto-gomez, D., Perez-rodriguez, P., Juiz, L. V., Paradelo, M. and Lopez-Periago, J. E. 2020. 3D multifractal characterization of computed tomography images of soils under different tillage management: Linking multifractal parameters to physical properties. Geoderma. 363, p. 114129. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2019.114129

The persistence of bacterial diversity and ecosystem multifunctionality along a disturbance intensity gradient in karst soil

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Xue, Y., Tiana, J., Quine, T. A., Powlson, D. S., Xing, K., Yang, L., Kuzyakov, Y and Dungait, J. A. J. 2020. The persistence of bacterial diversity and ecosystem multifunctionality along a disturbance intensity gradient in karst soil. Science of the Total Environment. 748 (Article), p. 142381. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.142381

Obtaining more benefits from crop residues as soil amendments by application as chemically heterogeneous mixtures

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Struijk, M., Whitmore, A. P., Mortimer, S. R. and Sizmur, T. 2020. Obtaining more benefits from crop residues as soil amendments by application as chemically heterogeneous mixtures. Soil. 6 (2), p. 467–481. https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-6-467-2020

Occurrence and 15N-quantification of simultaneous nitrification and denitrification in N-fertilised soils incubated under oxygen-limiting conditions

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Castellano-Hinojosa, A., Charteris, A. F., Mueller, C., Jansen-Willems, A., Gonzalez-Lopez, J., Bedmar, E. J., Carrillo, P. and Cardenas, L. M. 2020. Occurrence and 15N-quantification of simultaneous nitrification and denitrification in N-fertilised soils incubated under oxygen-limiting conditions. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 143, p. 107757. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2020.107757

Sheep urination frequency, volume, N excretion and chemical composition: Implications for subsequent agricultural N losses

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Marsden, K. A., Lush, L., Holmberg, J. A., Whelan, M. J., King, A. J., Wilson, R. P., Charteris, A. F., Cardenas, L. M., Jones, D.L. and Chadwick, D. R. 2020. Sheep urination frequency, volume, N excretion and chemical composition: Implications for subsequent agricultural N losses. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment. 302, p. 107073. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2020.107073

Long-term farmyard manure application affects soil organic phosphorus cycling: A combined metagenomic and 33P/14C labelling study

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Ma, Q., Wen, Y., Ma, J., Macdonald, A. J., Hill, P. W., Chadwick, D. R., Wu, L. and Jones. D. L. 2020. Long-term farmyard manure application affects soil organic phosphorus cycling: A combined metagenomic and 33P/14C labelling study. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 149 (Article), p. 107959. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2020.107959

Soil carbon, nitrogen, and sulphur status affects the metabolism of organic S but not its uptake by microorganisms

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Ma, Q., Wen, Y., Pan, W., Macdonald, A. J., Hill, P. W., Chadwick, D. R., Wu, L. and Jones, D. L. 2020. Soil carbon, nitrogen, and sulphur status affects the metabolism of organic S but not its uptake by microorganisms . Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 149, p. 107943. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2020.107943

Environmental impacts of nitrogen emissions in China and the role of policies in emission reduction

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Liu, X. J., Xu, W., Du, E. Z., Tang, A. H., Zhang, Y. Y., Wen, Z., Hao, T. X., Pan, Y. P., Zhang, L., Gu. B. J., Zhao, Y., Shen, J. L., Zhou, F., Gao, Z. L., Feng, Z. Z., Chang, Y. H., Goulding, K. W. T., Collett, J. L., Vitousek, P. M. and Zhang, F. S. 2020. Environmental impacts of nitrogen emissions in China and the role of policies in emission reduction. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A-Mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences. 378 (Article), p. 20190324. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsta.2019.0324

Adjusting for conditional bias in process model simulations of hydrological extremes: an experiment using the North Wyke Farm Platform

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Curceac, S., Atkinson, P. M., Milne, A. E., Wu, L. and Harris, P. 2020. Adjusting for conditional bias in process model simulations of hydrological extremes: an experiment using the North Wyke Farm Platform. Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence. 3 (82). https://doi.org/10.3389/frai.2020.565859

Uptake competition between selenium and sulphur fertilizers in sequential harvests of ryegrass: A stable isotope study

Conference paper
Jaing, L., Young, S. D., Bailey, E. H., Broadley, M. R., Graham, N. S. and McGrath, S. P. 2020. Uptake competition between selenium and sulphur fertilizers in sequential harvests of ryegrass: A stable isotope study. https://doi.org/10.1201/9780429423482-27

Using a Crop Model to Benchmark Miscanthus and Switchgrass

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Akkari, M. E., Ferchaud, F., Strullu, L., Shield, I. F., Perrin, A., Drouet, J. L., Jayet, P. A. and Gabrielle, B. 2020. Using a Crop Model to Benchmark Miscanthus and Switchgrass. Energies. 13 (15), pp. 3942-3954. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13153942

Edaphic factors and plants influence denitrification in soils from a long-term arable experiment

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Clark, I. M., Fu, Q., Abadie, M., Dixon, E. R., Blaud, A. and Hirsch, P. R. 2020. Edaphic factors and plants influence denitrification in soils from a long-term arable experiment. Scientific Reports. 10 (Article), p. 16053. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-72679-z

Effect of Plant Growth Promoting Bacteria on the Growth of Wheat Seedlings Subjected to Phosphate Starvation

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Cataldi, M. P., Heuer, S., Mauchline, T. H., Wilkinson, M. D., Masters-Clark, E., Di Benedetto, N. A., Corbo, M. R. and Flagella, Z. 2020. Effect of Plant Growth Promoting Bacteria on the Growth of Wheat Seedlings Subjected to Phosphate Starvation . Agronomy. 10 (7), p. 978. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10070978

A strategy for modelling heavy-tailed greenhouse gases (GHG) data using the generalised extreme value distribution: Are we overestimating GHG flux using the sample mean?

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Dhanoa, D., Louro-Lopez, A., Cardenas, L. M., Shepherd, A., Sanderson, R. and Lopez, S. 2020. A strategy for modelling heavy-tailed greenhouse gases (GHG) data using the generalised extreme value distribution: Are we overestimating GHG flux using the sample mean? Atmospheric Environment. 237, p. 117500. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2020.117500

The Mineral Composition of Wild Type and Cultivated Varieties of Pasture Species

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Darch, T., McGrath, S. P., Lee, M. R. F., Beaumont, D. A., Blackwell, M. S. A., Horrocks, C. A., Evans, J. and Storkey, J. 2020. The Mineral Composition of Wild Type and Cultivated Varieties of Pasture Species. Agronomy. 10 (10), p. 1463. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10101463

Significant structural evolution of a long-term fallow soil in response to agricultural management practices requires at least 10 years after conversion at the aggregate level

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Bacq-Labreuil, A., Neal, A. L., Crawford, J. W., Mooney, S. J., Akkari, E., Zhang, X., Clark, I. M. and Ritz, K. 2020. Significant structural evolution of a long-term fallow soil in response to agricultural management practices requires at least 10 years after conversion at the aggregate level . European Journal of Soil Science. https://doi.org/10.1111/ejss.13037

Changes of nitrogen deposition in China from 1980 to 2018

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Wen, Z., Xu, W., Li, Q., Han, M., Tang, A., Zhang, Y., Luo, X., Shen, J., Wang, W., Li, K., Pan, Y., Zhang, L., Li, W., Collett, J. L., Zhong, B., Wang, X., Goulding, K. W. T., Zhang, F. and Liu, X. 2020. Changes of nitrogen deposition in China from 1980 to 2018. Environment International. 144, p. 106022. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2020.106022

Multitrophic interactions in the rhizosphere microbiome of wheat: from bacteria and fungi to protists

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Rossmann, M., Perez-Jaramillo, J. E., Kavamura, V. N., Chiaramonte, J. B., Dumack, K., Fiore-Donno, A. M., Mendes, L. W., Ferreira, M. M. C., Bonkowski, M., Raaijmakers, J. M., Mauchline, T. H. and Mendes, R. 2020. Multitrophic interactions in the rhizosphere microbiome of wheat: from bacteria and fungi to protists. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. 96 (4), p. fiaa032. https://doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiaa032

Crop Sequence Generator (Version v1.0)

J - Computer programs
Metcalfe, H. 2020. Crop Sequence Generator (Version v1.0). Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3751018

Spatial Modelling of Within-Field Weed Populations - a Review

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Somerville, G. J., Sonderskov, M., Mathiassen, S. K. and Metcalfe, H. 2020. Spatial Modelling of Within-Field Weed Populations - a Review. Agronomy. 10 (7), p. 1044. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10071044